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Dodgers 2013 Playoff Forecast: Atlanta Braves

Game 3: Hyun-Jin Ryu (14-7) 2.97 ERA vs Julio Teheran (13-8) 3.09 ERA

Ryu seems to have solidified the third spot in the rotation after a consistent rookie year and solid starts in September. Ryu faced the Braves twice this season and had two no-decisions. At Dodger Stadium, Ryu threw 7.2 innings allowing only one run back in June. Teheran has never faced the Dodgers but had a 3.38 ERA on the road this season.

Game 4: Ricky Nolasco (13-11) 3.72 ERA vs Paul Maholm (10-11) 4.41 ERA/ Freddy Garcia (4-7) 4.37 ERA

Nolasco has faced the Braves often in his career after spending his first few seasons with the Miami Marlins in the NL East. Historically, he has struggled against them with a career 5.11 ERA in 23 starts; however, this season Nolasco threw one time against them and earned a victory after seven innings allowing only two runs. It would seem that the Braves would go with the lefty Maholm, but Garcia has three straight quality starts. At Dodger Stadium, Maholm is 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA lifetime, but threw well against the Dodgers this season with a 2.03 ERA in two starts. Garcia has never faced the Dodgers and has a 5.74 ERA on the road this season.

Recent playoff history: The Dodgers have gone 13-15 against the Braves in the regular season since 2010, but haven’t played them in the playoffs since 1996. That year the Braves used John Smoltz, Greg Maddux and Tome Glavine to sweep the Dodgers in the NLDS. The Braves lost in the wild card game last season and the Dodgers haven’t been to the playoffs since losing the NLCS to the Philadelphia Phillies in 2009.

Splits:

  •  Hanley Ramirez 5-9 with a home run vs Kris Medlen
  • Adrian Gonzalez 3-5 with a home run vs Mike Minor
  • Michael Young 3-8 with a home run vs Paul Maholm
  • Skip Schumaker 3-7 vs Craig Kimbrel
  • Carl Crawford 8-21 with 5 RBI vs Scott Downs

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In case you missed it, here’s the Dodgers pool celebration, PLUS Yasiel Puig’s celebration dance off!

http://youtu.be/LknQOqL7uME

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